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Interview with Dymnd as she explains her next moves!

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Born in Los Angeles County, El Monte CA. Growing up it was a lot of moving around between Southern California and Northern California. Raised all throughout the east bay, also known as, the Bay Area. (San Jose, Hayward, Oakland, San Lorenzo) 
Started singing at the age of 5 yrs old. Her family knew something was special about her voice. Raised with her grandmother had ODymnd in a drill dance team at the age of 5 yrs until 11 yrs. Where she learned many skills that helped along her journey with music. She performed for La County, Big Bear and Rose Bowl Parades, to name a few. 

At the age of 11 yrs, Dymnd decided to stop drill team and focus on her singing and education. She then had a agent where she would audition for various production companies where label scouts would be. 
At the age of 17 yrs, she dropped her very first mixtape with Philthy Rich (Seminary, Big 59, FOD) Who helped put her in the right direction for her music journey. 

During the pandemic, Dymnd dropped her EP titled “Diamond 4C’S”. Where she teamed up with Lil Rece( Brent Fiyaz, IAMSU, Kamiyah, Kid Ink) on the album. You can also find her featured on upcoming projects and now on all streaming platforms. 

You can find her newest single “Back & Forth” produced by AyoMillz ( Tink, Sonya, Willie Taylor) on all streaming platforms. Video coming soon! You can also find her featured on future upcoming projects and now with Da Krse, JStalin and Ray G.I.G.S.

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Q&A

  •       What first got you into music?
Growing up I’ve always loved the music culture. I discovered my voice at an early age. My grandmother knew I had a gift and pushed me to sing/perform everywhere. It’s my grandmother who first got me into music. 

        •       Who inspired you to make music?
Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Lauryn Hill. I never had a lesson in my life! I would train my voice singing to Michael Jackson songs, Mariah Carey, as well as, Lauryn Hill. Their music still til this day can hit your soul in a different way. I was touched by their music and would spend hours singing/training my voice to sound like them. I did this from 5 yrs to 14 yrs. 

        •       How would you describe the music that you typically create?

The best way to describe the music I create would be love, heartbreak, and empowerment. I have been through a lot growing up and as a adult. We all have a story right! How I express it is through writing/singing. Some of the music I create comes from other people’s situations (family, friends, or associates) So when I create I self reflect and also think of others along the creating process. 

        •       What is your creative process like?

The beat first has to move me. If the beat moves me. I come up with different melodies and harmony’s first. The words come after. You never know where a beat can take you mentally. 

        •       Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Chris Brown, Jacques, Sonta and Summerwalker. Oh and Doja Cat!    

    •       If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

Summerwalker, Chris Brown or Jacques 


        •       What is one message you would give to your fans? 
Believe in yourself and invest in yourself! Be your true self! Put yourself first and Don’t forget about you! 

        •       What is the most useless talent you have?
Lol, I would have to say dancing. Don’t get me wrong, I can move tho. 


        •       Do you sing in the shower? Lol, yes. A lot! What songs?
Aaliyah-I miss you, Mariah Carey-We belong together, Michael Jackson- Butterflies, Lauryn Hill- Ex Factor. The list goes on..


        •       What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

I would be mentoring youth and developing recreational programs at a Juvenile Detention Center or After School Program.


        •       Where have you performed?

DUB Show (Phoenix Convention Center) Orange Show (San Bernardino), Shark Club (Costa Mesa), My Mimosas (Modesto) Port City Bar & Grill ( Stockton) and more.


What are your favorite and least favourite venues?

My favorite was the AZ Convention Center due to large stage and space. Big crowd as well. I don’t have a least favorite. They all were great! 
Do you have any upcoming shows? Yes, June 12th I’ll be opening up for an artist named Juneonnabeat and Da Krse in Fresno, CA.


        •       How do you feel about how the internet impacted the music business?


I feel it’s a big change and major impact. Something to learn as well. It has its good and bad. 

        •       What is your favorite song to perform?

My favorite is Take You Home! That song is full of energy and my back up dancers go crazy to it! 

        •       Which famous musicians do you admire?

Mariah Carey, Summer Walker, Jill Scott, Keke Wyatts, SWV, Xscape, Leidesi

        •       What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Stealing from a grocery store when I was a teenager! I got caught stealing snacks a some hairspray lol! I thought I was going to jail. I never did it again. 

        •       What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Never do anything that’s not on your heart to do. I worked at a Juvenile Hall right before Covid hit. I mentored a lot of youth in there. When I spoke to the young girls. Whom, some had come from broken homes, foster homes etc.A lot of them did things they wouldn’t normally do. In most cases, why they ended up in Juvenile Hall. 


        •       If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Real music! What I mean by that is less ego and more quality music if that makes sense. 

        •       What’s next for you?

Working on my next album. Some more featured projects that I’m on will be dropping soon. More shows coming up this summer. Working on merch and going to start taking vocal lessons. Staying productive and perfecting my craft!

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Celebrity Photographer “PhotosByZo” is taking over the game

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Photography plays a huge role in entertainment these days. Celebrity photographer “PhotosByZo” born & raised in Nashville, TN has had his hand in a lot for the past few years taking pictures for major artists like Lil Baby, Future, 21 Savage & plenty more. We got to connect with him & ask him a few questions about his come up.

What Made You Start Taking Photography Serious?

“I started taking photography serious once I start getting paid, it let me know that I could turn it into a living for myself.”

Explain two opportunities you took that put you in a better position

“My first opportunity I was given was being the photographer for Zone 6 Day, An event in Atlanta that’s held every year.  Future & 21 Savage made the event possible & I was able to get pictures & network with a lot of big name artist . Artists like Young Nudy, Peewee Longway, Yung Mal, VL Deck, Young Scooter & many more”. My second opportunity was being able to become Zaytoven’s official photographer , That also helped my career expand in many ways . 

If you were to describe your type of photo in three words what would they be?

Urban Retro, Grimy, & Dark

Being a celebrity photographer describe one of your best experiences so far

“Being a Celebrity photographer one of my best experiences so far is going on tour . I went on my first tour in 2019 with two major artists named Jelly Roll & CookupBoss from Nashville . That experience was definitely life changing in a major way”.

Who are three figures you would like to work with you haven’t yet?

 3 figures I would like to work with that I haven’t got the chance to yet is Young Thug , Lil Durk & Lil Uzi.

What are some things you have coming up in the near future?

“What I got coming up in the near future is working with more hot upcoming artist & more of the OG’s in the hip hop scene . I definitely need to do more traveling so I can build a bigger audience & network”.

It is safe to say “PhotosByZo” will only keep expanding & making bigger connections. If you are interested in keeping up with Zo & his upcoming moves click the links attached below!

https://linktr.ee/Photosbyzo

https://instagram.com/photosbyzo.?utm_medium=copy_link

https://youtube.com/channel/UC3X41WxErqjY6CamdC2uStw

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Limb Difference Advocate, Rubi Skilton, Shares Her Thought On Issues Concerning Physical Flaws, Authenticity And Business.

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Rubi Skilton is a podcast expert, limb difference advocate, speaker, and entrepreneur, who helped dozens of individuals achieve their goals in life. Rubi was born with a physical difference, and in a world that places so much emphasis on looks, it was easy for her to fall into the victim mentality and live a life of “I wish I could..” But instead, she has used her difference as fuel to become successful and impact others. 

In this interview, Rubi and I talk about her brand and how she positioned herself as the foremost advocate for physical difference on the web.

Your brand’s slogan is “flaunt your flaws.” What advice would you give to someone who may see their own flaws as a setback instead of an asset?

This is super normal especially if you aren’t around people who necessarily look like you. So my first advice is to give yourself grace. Then I would search for people who may look like you – this can give you that sense of “I’m not alone”. 

However, my biggest advice would be to take a few minutes and sit with yourself, imagine a world where influencers weren’t a thing, everything you’ve heard about beauty and the “perfect” body doesn’t exist. 

Pretend like you’ve never seen a tv show or magazine make fun of women for being overweight or different, then look at yourself in a mirror. Would you change anything if you didn’t have any pre-conditioning about what you “should” look like? I personally practice this anytime I feel myself start being so hard on myself.

You transitioned from the music industry to becoming an entrepreneur. What advice would you give to women who are wanting to make a career change but may be anxious about it?

Honestly, just jump into it. Remember that there is never going to be a perfect time to pivot and it’ll always feel scary so why wait? Just go into it. Feeling anxious over it is normal though, and one thing to keep in mind is that nothing is ever permanent. If the pivot doesn’t work out the way you wanted it to, you can always pivot again or go back. You are never stuck.

How have you scaled your podcast from a start-up to a successful entrepreneurial venture?

For me it happened very naturally, I never went into podcasting as a way to turn it into a business. Unlike a lot of other podcast hosts that get sponsors and build a business that way on their podcast, I dove into the industry through the production and management side of it. 

I started working with one of my favorite hosts and a Forbes top 40 podcaster, then the word started spreading and I was getting more inquiries, I then started helping other entrepreneurs launch their podcast and in under a year, I went full time.

How were you able to differentiate yourself and your talents in a world full of set expectations?

I didn’t go into it trying to stand out, in fact to this day I really don’t know who my “competition” is out there. I don’t search for other people in the physical difference space nor other podcast production companies. 

I do things that feel right and aligned and it’s worked out. I believe that each one of us is so unique and rare that if and when we try to imitate someone else’s success, it is guaranteed to flop in the long run. Don’t do it, do you.  

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself creating a lot more content around physical differences, running retreats, and hosting summer camps for children with physical differences. 

As for my company, Podcast & Co. In 5 years I see us growing into a team of around 10 people, with different departments offering even more of a full service around podcast and video content but of course, still keeping it high-end and personable with our talents. 

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